Walkapolis | Roll Through the City
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Roll through the city / Rullaa kaupungin halki

Roll through the city is a walk through the city from the perspective of being in a wheelchair facilitated by Sally Davison. The walk can open different views into the city environment and bring into focus issues of inaccessibility/accessibility, difference/similarity as well as politics and physical experience of city space.


Taking a walk in a wheelchair creates a different sense of movement, timing, perception and relationship to the environment. Perhaps we notice differently, perhaps we are perceived differently by other people in the environment. How does the experience of moving in a wheelchair affect the senses and the kinesthetic experience?


We take the walk through the city together as a group, all in wheelchairs. The participants will get an introduction to how to work with the chair as a part of the walk, no previous knowledge is needed.


The walk will start at 18.30 on 16.08.14. from the inner yard of Cable Factory. The walk will last for approximately 2.5 hrs and will cover 3km. The walk will be a loop through the Ruoholahti area so we will return to the beginning. There will be time during the walk for moments of reflection and discussion. Please bring your own note book.

The languages of the walk are English and Finnish.

Roll Through the City is a walk commissioned by Walkapolis / the projects Open Call  and organized by Sally Davison, Gunilla Sjövall and Walkapolis / Maija Hirvanen and Miikka Tuominen

Walkapolis is supported by Koneen Säätiö – Kone Foundation

Roll Through the City would like to thank the sponsors of the walk:
Helsingin kaupungin apuvälinepalvelut
Pt-keskus Oy / Jarmo Leppänen
Algol-Trehab Oy / Gunnar Malmberg
Markku Huhtamo


Sally Davison is a dancer, dance practitioner and DanceAbility teacher. She has studied dance, physical theatre and somatic movement methods over the past 30 years. During the 80’s she studied at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London, during the 90’s physical therapies in Brisbane, Australia and during 2000’s she trained to become a DanceAbility Teacher at ImPulsTanz in Vienna. Over the past ten years her main focus has been working with integrated dance in Finland.

”I move, dance and create because the experience calls my attention and my curiosity. Movement enables me to meet, explore and keep researching my perception of myself, others and the environment in which I live. I work primarily with integrated groups and non dancers through improvisation and process work. I am interested in making things visible that can offer different perspectives into social and environmental issues through movement and dance.” – Sally Davison